Elementary Reviews & Ratings

Sundays, 10:00 PM ET on CBS

60 minutes

Elementary is a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes, starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, a female version of Holmes' companion. Here, Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard and a recovering drug addict. He travels to New York City to check into a rehabilitation center and then lives with Watson, who becomes his sober companion and eventually his apprentice.
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Sep 28, 2015 8:43AM EDT
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EXCEPTIONAL WORK AND LUCY IS IMPECABLE

EXCEPTIONAL WORK AND LUCY IS IMPECABLE

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Feb 20, 2015 5:37AM EST
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Pixar has made a tradition of NO LOVE STORIES, and ELEMENTARY appears to be a no romance kind of love story. not at all like MOONLIGHTING or REMINGTON STEEL, the chemistry between Joan and Sherlock appears to be a love of INTELLIGENCE that has little to do with physical attraction, but who knows what the future will bring.

I do wish they would improve the sound quality of the tidbits of dialog that go by too quickly with the British accent and the soft spoken Sherlock.

It is almost palpable to see Sherlock attempting to permit Joan a semblance of freedom, and she is adamant about insisting on making her own choices...surrender to another's decisions is quite difficult for anyone who is used to being the "smartest person in the room." Quite a challenge when a doctor has Sherlock to contend with.

Pixar has made a tradition of NO LOVE STORIES, and ELEMENTARY appears to be a no romance kind of love story. not at all like MOONLIGHTING or REMINGTON STEEL, the chemistry between Joan and Sherlock appears to be a love of INTELLIGENCE that has little to do with physical attraction, but who knows what the future will bring.

I do wish they would improve the sound quality of the tidbits of dialog that go by too quickly with the British accent and the soft spoken Sherlock.

It is almost palpable to see Sherlock attempting to permit Joan a semblance of freedom, and she is adamant about insisting on making her own choices...surrender to another's decisions is quite difficult for anyone who is used to being the "smartest person in the room." Quite a challenge when a doctor has Sherlock to contend with.

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Feb 13, 2015 12:58PM EST
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An American version of Sherlock holmes with the hot Lucy liu playing Dr. Watson. Not very impressive when compared to the actual Sherlock but a much layman version of Sherlock.

An American version of Sherlock holmes with the hot Lucy liu playing Dr. Watson. Not very impressive when compared to the actual Sherlock but a much layman version of Sherlock.

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Jan 16, 2015 11:11AM EST
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No this is not an American attempt at Sherlock for one thing not all the main characters are white and people's character motivations actually make sense.

No this is not an American attempt at Sherlock for one thing not all the main characters are white and people's character motivations actually make sense.

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by jcfan
Oct 31, 2014 2:23AM EDT
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Elementary is better than I thought it would be. I remember I first I was like, "Really? They are doing an american modern day Sherlock Holmes? That's just gonna be a rip off of BBC's Sherlock" THEN there was the FEMALE Watson and I was like, "Yep, no way this is gonna be good. Not watching this.

Then I think I saw a trailer or something and I thought I might just check out the pilot. Well I did and I really enjoyed. Elementary is its own thing, its unfair to compare it to Sherlock. The more Sherlock holmes the better I say. Plus it is a nice tide me over between seasons of Sherlock.

All in all a pretty decent show that takes the Sherlock Holmes stories and twists them in unexpecting ways. 7.4/10

Elementary is better than I thought it would be. I remember I first I was like, "Really? They are doing an american modern day Sherlock Holmes? That's just gonna be a rip off of BBC's Sherlock" THEN there was the FEMALE Watson and I was like, "Yep, no way this is gonna be good. Not watching this.

Then I think I saw a trailer or something and I thought I might just check out the pilot. Well I did and I really enjoyed. Elementary is its own thing, its unfair to compare it to Sherlock. The more Sherlock holmes the better I say. Plus it is a nice tide me over between seasons of Sherlock.

All in all a pretty decent show that takes the Sherlock Holmes stories and twists them in unexpecting ways. 7.4/10

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Aug 27, 2014 1:03AM EDT
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I must admit that at first I thought this show was kind of boring. But now, after keeping it in my tracker for a couple of seasons, I decided to give it another chance. It's actually quite good and always has my attention, my curiosity and my butt on the edge of my seat. No wonder why it has lasted past the first season.

I must admit that at first I thought this show was kind of boring. But now, after keeping it in my tracker for a couple of seasons, I decided to give it another chance. It's actually quite good and always has my attention, my curiosity and my butt on the edge of my seat. No wonder why it has lasted past the first season.

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by 123maxz
Jul 19, 2014 8:57AM EDT
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good show if you like mystery show

good show if you like mystery show

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by gbstn10
Jun 22, 2017 3:00PM EDT
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After the BBC produced Sherlock and the US networks decided to make their own version of show, I wasn't going to watch this. In the end, curiosity got the better of me. I have to say, whilst the shows are both very different, they're both very good. The acting in Elementary is very much on point, and the writing is great. Definitely worth watching.

After the BBC produced Sherlock and the US networks decided to make their own version of show, I wasn't going to watch this. In the end, curiosity got the better of me. I have to say, whilst the shows are both very different, they're both very good. The acting in Elementary is very much on point, and the writing is great. Definitely worth watching.

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Apr 6, 2017 6:43PM EDT
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I love this show, and I'm disturbed to learn that Papa Holmes will not be returning for season 5. :(

I love this show, and I'm disturbed to learn that Papa Holmes will not be returning for season 5. :(

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Apr 28, 2016 9:52PM EDT
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I was a skeptic about this show when I first heard about it. Now I'm a convert. Smartly written and well acted. Arthur Conan Doyle would approve.

I was a skeptic about this show when I first heard about it. Now I'm a convert. Smartly written and well acted. Arthur Conan Doyle would approve.